Available on tour November 2013 forward
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There have always been great women artists, but beginning in the nineteenth century, increased opportunities for education, domestic independence, and artistic training allowed many women to pursue their dreams of becoming painters. No longer simply the subjects for a male artist’s gaze, women took brush and paint into their own hands, using them to depict a broad range of subjects and creating accomplished works in a variety of styles. As one of them confessed, however, “the chief obstacle to a woman’s success is that she can never have a wife.” Thus some women artists engaged in creative and reciprocal relationships with male artists, among them Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, and Lilian and Philip Hale. This exhibition explores the myriad contributions of such women to the art.